This article is completely right about people will talk about anything to keep the night going. the suggestions they give are some good ones but you have to find the right person for each of them. Personally as a girl, I would not know what to say to someone who brought up sports. I do not like them and i do not care about them. If you brought up my family I could keep the conversation going for days but, then again you have to find the right person because it could be a sore subject.
Small talk at work is a way to get to know people and see if they could be someone you would like to work with more often. This could also lead to customers or clients in the future so it is important that you do not say the wrong thing and bring up a topic that could offend them.